laiti (8507) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
35,5 cl bottle (16,53%) @ lusikkadrfabulous (8470) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Aroma is very sweet with bourbon tones, alcohol, licorice and strong bourbon tones with vanilla. Flavour has sweet vanilla tones, licorice, bourbon and some saltiness. Some pleasant warming alcohol in the last sips. Nice slow sipper, but you’re gonna need a long movie for this one.
12 ounce thanks to ssteigerwald. Big chocolate rich stout. So creamy. So boozy but in a good way; in no way over the top. The bourbon is in your nose and taste. So tasty. This is extremely good. SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2012
awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome fuckin beer! radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Sampled at SAVOR from a bottle. Poured a pitch black color like oil, not a lot of head - wispy beige. Aroma was molasses, heavy boozy. Flavor was molasses, touch of vanilla, some sugar, bourbon. Interesting, but so freaking boozy and hot. I barely enjoyed the amount I had.
jackl (8287) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Thanks to Seth (I think) for the pour. What’s up with Avery and these high ABV monsters? Something’s in the water in Colorado I suspect. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. Oily appearance. The aroma’s of sweet banana bread, bruised banana, rich chocolate cake, smooth caramelised apples. The taste is more chocolate cake, bitter cocoa. Syrupy toffee rich malts. Robust, full flavors. Hints of wood and vanilla. Some raisin. The body’s thick, oily, and intimidating. Still, considering the massive ABV, this isn’t that tough to drink. Overall, a pretty decent sipper!
JaBier (8156) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate and roast. Boozy flavor with chocolate and roast before a bourbon finish. Bourbon is the most prevalent character in both the nose and the flavor, but at least the beer is big enough to stand up to the barrel and throw off its own characteristics. Certainly not barrel-aged coca-cola like a lot of attempts from other breweries that aren’t as experienced with barrel-aging. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2013
12-oz, capped and foiled, very fresh. Thanks J! Pours opaque jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head that falls to a crazy whorl and eddy pattern, like the way freshwater and saltwater mix in an estuary and you can see the stripes. The head is brackish! Speaking of brackish, there’s salty soy sauce on the nose, along with roast, dark chocolate, oak, and lots of fumey bourbon and other alcohol. Not showing really heavy ethanol, which is a testament to their blending skills. Definitely some toasty oaty cerealy notes as well. Thick silky smooth slippery body--not buttery slippery, it’s oaty slippery. Roasty toasty notes hit you, then dark chocolate and soy sauce, then sweet bourbon and oaky vanillaness. Long heavy chocolatey finish. Never develops a heavy vodka bite, not even a twang, and doesn’t make a lavish display of any ethanol. Quite nicely done. Still pretty thick and raw and heavy, so it’s hard to go up into stratospheric numbers, but this is designed to be a big ridiculous dessert beer, not a balanced and harmonious sipper. That it is as balanced and harmonious as it is merits a great score, so...38. AndySnow (7972) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2015
How: Bottle.BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Appearance: Black colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, liquorice, raisin, caramel.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, alcohol, dried fruit, caramel, raisin.
Bottle. (bottled March 27, 2012). Pours with a sickly thick, inky black body that is completely opaque. Massive tan head resides atop. Great retention (very impressive for a beer of this size), glass coating with incredible lace. Aromas are huge and awesome. Big fudge character, bourbon, barrel, boozy (but not sharp/solvent/distinctly fusel), nougat (big time), nutty, whiskey, barrel, toffee, fresh baked goods, caramel, almond extract, chocolate everywhere (really strong fudge which I wrote down about 5 times for the aroma alone). Medium peppery alcohol, rich, decadent, marshmallow. Flavors are very, very rich, viscous, decadent, medium tannin, barrel, mocha, fudge, light alcohol burn. INTENSE. Caramel, toffee, very long duration of flavors, figs, dark fruits, chestnuts, nougat, stewed prunes. Sweet but never cloying, boozy but not harsh. Very complex. Tobacco and earthy truffle on the finish. Like a baby Black Tuesday in a smaller and cheaper bottle. Less dark fruit character than Black Tuesday. Burnt caramel, port wine, bitter, raisin, currant. Endlessly complex, big. Full bodied, velvety mouthfeel, and completely mouth coating. Warming, low carbonation. Caramelized and candied. Epic! lusikka (7819) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roastiness, caramel sweetness, vanilla and strong bourbon notes. Rich flavour of roastiness, alcohol, sweet bourbon, some vanilla notes, mild earthiness, tart wooden notes and molasses. Full bodied. Alcohol warms very nicely. The bourbon notes are very smooth and soothing.